Black Tuesday
The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #40
Ranked #118
4.54 | pDev: 9.47%
Mar 13, 2022
Jul 18, 2009
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Notes: Our infamous Black Tuesday is an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels for over a year. Rich caramel, toasted malt, vanilla, burnt wood and anise are just a few of the many flavors in this rich, decadent imperial stout.

2009: 19.5% ABV
2010: 18.2% ABV
2011: 18.3% ABV
2012: 19.2% ABV
2013: 18.9% ABV
2014: 19.7% ABV
2015: 19.9% ABV
2016: 20.3% ABV
2017: 19.5% ABV
2018: 19.5% ABV
2019: 19.4% ABV
2020: 19.3% ABV
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4.5 by rstump24 from Ohio on Mar 13, 2022
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4.72/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by zonker17 from Texas

2013 in 2022. 8 plus years and zero signs of oxidation. Very dark brown. Nose has light cinnamon behind big bourbon. Super boozy, notes of chocolate and molasses. Big body and medium carbonation with tongue numbing alcohol. Dream ale.

Mar 13, 2022
4.96 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Mar 11, 2022
4.54 by TP2MSU from Michigan on Feb 14, 2022
4.5 by BSW from California on Feb 08, 2022
5 by birdsellam from Indiana on Jan 25, 2022
4.54 by not2quick from Missouri on Jan 19, 2022
4.5 by odenbr12 from New Jersey on Dec 31, 2021
4 by McBraniel from Virginia on Dec 26, 2021
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4.96/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by Whyteboar from Michigan

Received this beauty from Dimidiata in an LIF connected to NBS BIF #14 - and she wasn't even part of that BIF!
Poured into a stout snifter the color of black coffee while being poured, looked onyx black with enticing looking light brown foam *trying* to form a head but failing, leaving a ring of foam around the edge.
The aroma is amazing, and my sense of smell is poor. Bourbon soaked oak, figs or prunes, molasses, leather all roll up into one delectable aroma, though from the description, I wouldn't have thought so. (Leather? Huh)
The taste is somehow sublime and over the top. Sublime in layers, the fig and/or prune flavor rises and falls through the chocolate and coffee and char that swirl in, all of which are supplanted by a powerful bourbon laced malty wonderful that is the body of this beer. At 19.5% ABV I was expecting heat from the raw alcohol, but that aspect is all but gone.
The feel is definately viscous, and rightfully so. Almost overly so. Just a bit. But that's a tiny quibble.
OA, Wow, really tasty.

Dec 22, 2021
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4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by bluejacket74 from Ohio

750 ml bottle, 2021 vintage, bottled 09/13/21, 18.9% ABV. Served in a Black Tuesday chalice, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stuck around a little bit. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is strong, the brew smells like vanilla, bourbon, molasses, figs, dark chocolate, cream, roasted malt and some licorice. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some burnt/charred malt, oak, booze, earthy, dark bread and coffee flavors. There's a lot going on with this brew! Mouthfeel/body is full, it's slick and syrupy with a low/moderate amount of carbonation. Has a boozy kick but it's still pretty drinkable for being that strong. Some more age wouldn't hurt this brew at all. I thought this was a pretty good imperial stout, definitely worth trying if you're into big barrel aged imperial stouts!

Dec 21, 2021
4.25 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin on Nov 28, 2021
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4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

Bottle received in Bif13 from @colts9016

Brewers Notes: Our infamous Black Tuesday is an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels for over a year. Rich caramel, toasted malt, vanilla, burnt wood and anise are just a few of the many flavors in this rich, decadent imperial stout.

2020: 19.3% ABV

#20 ranked stout
#63 overall ranked beer on BA

Chilled bottle rested in my beer fridge for a special event. Thanksgiving table is set , let’s get after it

Poured into a Spiegelau stout glass , one finger brown foam cap , quickly recedes to a ring over a dark cola red brown liquid

Aroma is bourbon, tobacco, leather , char, roasted malts

Taste is bourbon, char, oak, roasted malts , licorice

Fizzy , sudsy mouthfeel, relatively light mouthfeel for a 19% abv beer, boozy but without the heat

Good beer , thanks Jammin!!

Nov 24, 2021
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4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by BubbleBobble from New York

Pours close to jet black, small cap of tan head that settles to a thin ring; streaks of ruby when held up to light. Nose has huge notes of leather, molasses, and tobacco; bourbon and barrel notes come secondary as it warms, along with a bit of dark fruit. Taste is super complex, but definitely reflects the aroma - lots of leather, hearty, salty, iron-rich blackstrap molasses, Australian licorice; as it warms, more heat from the barrel, vanilla, char. Mouthfeel is very full, but with a small punch of small carbonation. Despite the warming heat, it hides its alcohol very well. Overall, definitely worth its reputation.

Nov 21, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - Black and thick with a slight head
Smell -bourbon caramel wood with a slight chocolate
Taste - booze booze booze... roasty caramel bourbon and chocolate
Feel - prtty full with a surpriseing carb
Overall -less than I expected but still really good

Nov 14, 2021
3.39 by Bugsmcl from Ohio on Nov 07, 2021
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4.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Gatch from Massachusetts

I’m reviewing the booziest BT ever…20.3%…I can’t feel my face….this is massive, a true heavy hitter…this is a special one, wow…no words…so sweet, so complex, it’s difficult to assign a score to a beer like this. It’s truly perfect. The epitome of the craft. This is craft beer. More will come from this…I have the 2014+ vintages

Oct 28, 2021
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4.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by bronxbommers from North Carolina

one of the best stouts you will ever had

Oct 14, 2021
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4.91/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Dillpickle315 from Colorado

Such a great beer. For such a high abv it is surprisingly smooth. Rich chocolate flavor balanced with the barrel.

Aug 21, 2021
5 by JAWS from New York on Aug 18, 2021
4.66 by CAcker from California on Aug 09, 2021
4.67 by WormGod from New York on Aug 02, 2021
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4.92/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by jb_4226 from Texas

#48 in search of Top 250. 2018 iteration, yummy without being overbearing

Jul 26, 2021
4.58 by msscott1973 from North Carolina on Jul 11, 2021
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5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Eddieeight from Ohio

Definitely one of those beers i've waited a long time to get. Found it in a 16 oz can. I've had So Happens it's Tuesday, which I loved, but this is my first of the original. Maybe $25 was too much, maybe not. We'll see. In any case it's the highest ABV of any beer i've ever tried. 17% was the highest I've sampled, but this knocks that back a couple points. I've got a 2020 bottle. Poured out into a snifter, half inch head bubbled up and licked the sides of the glass, receding into a thin collar of beige. The smell is exquisite. That's a strong word, i know, but i think it deserves that descriptor. It's full and strong, bourbon and licorice and fig, that stings the back of the nose as it goes in. 5 on the smell. Love it. Let's sip now, Chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, licorice, fig, smoke, char, leather, damn, this is very comparable to Bourbon County Stout. This has been barrel aged for a year, and it sure picks up that bourbon flavor, filling the crevices of my mouth in such a delightful way. I had Indian food for dinner, and I love the layers Indian has, it seems to fill up every bit of my palate. This beer is the same way, it has a way of overcoming and washing over my tastebuds, allowing me to pick up on lots of layers of flavor. It's also like Indian because it's got a spiciness to it, that tickles my tongue and overwhelms me. There is light carbonation, and a medium mouthfeel, not too thick and not too thin. Overall I'm very impressed with this and i'm glad I bought two cans of it. This is the beer of a mature drinker. This is the beer of a wise man. This is the beer of a guy who's well traveled. This is the beer of a guy who's got a financial plan. This is the beer of a man with an important job. This is the beer of a man who knows how to relax with class. This is the beer of a good father. This is the beer of a faithful husband. This is the beer of a youthful grandpa. This is getting my top ratings. What a way to celebrate Father's Day 2021!

Jun 21, 2021
4.25 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
4.5 by Jmalo from Ohio on Jun 17, 2021
4.67 by buzzy from Pennsylvania on Apr 10, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by MostlyMetalz from Illinois

This one is THICCC! Very dark and a strong boozy smell. Initial punch of booze and toffee up front and finishes nicely. This is a big one so definitely not on to tackle on your own!

Mar 17, 2021
5 by JonB25 from Delaware on Mar 14, 2021
4.43 by Eldyr from Texas on Mar 14, 2021
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4.72/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Mick666 from Canada (AB)

Completely unreal thick. Had a 2016 cellared for 4 years. Chocolate and bourbon and a boozy but smooth element. Torquey at almost 20%. All the elements of a world class stout with chocolate and vanilla and tobacco. A dessert

Mar 03, 2021
5 by blackcloud from Alaska on Feb 26, 2021
4.25 by Virby44 from Wisconsin on Feb 26, 2021
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4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by LXIXME from New Mexico

I tried 2017 and 2020 versions of this beer. Both pretty amazing beers, this rating is for the 2020 version which I thought was a bit more crisp and diverse in it's taste.

Feb 26, 2021
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4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

2014 bottle

Feb 21, 2021
4.81 by fifreak3 from California on Feb 17, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by maxcoinage from Illinois

2016 vintage into snifter - very boozy - Chocolate 7 anise, body was thinner than I'd expect for 20% ABV

Feb 11, 2021
4.5 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia on Jan 31, 2021
4.5 by pcshotsauce33 from New Jersey on Jan 14, 2021
Black Tuesday from The Bruery
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